Happy National Doughnut Day!

I felt like it was my duty to honor National Doughnut Day as a baker in training.

So after work today, I looked up an easy recipe for doughnuts. I found one from All Recipes that seemed simple enough and that included ingredients I already had in my pantry.

That being said, I didn’t have milk and so I had to use a mixture of evaporated milk and water as a substitute (apparently that’s a thing). So I mixed the “milk” with white vinegar and let it thicken.

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While it sat, I creamed the sugar with shortening. I then added the egg and vanilla to the sugar mixture. I had combined the dry ingredients previously and began to add them to the sugar mixture alternating with the milk & vinegar.

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Side bar: my number one fan (aka, my mom) got me a new hand mixer and I used it for the first time on this recipe. It made the biggest difference! I was using a $20 Target one before and even on it’s lowest speed, my new Cuisinart one was so much more powerful!

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It’s also so pretty to look at, isn’t it?

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Anyway, I mixed all the ingredients together to form the dough then poured it out onto a floured surface.

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I cannot tell you how hard it is to cut doughnuts without a doughnut cutter or doughnut pan. Wow. I used a small tea cup to cut them out of the dough and a knife to cut the center hole. It took me a while and I was nervous that they wouldn’t hold.

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The next step was frying the doughnuts.

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I placed the doughnuts into the heated oil two at a time.

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My first two burned immediately. The oil was too hot.

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The next two still got too brown but they were better than the first ones.

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I finally got the third batch right. They came out nice and golden brown.

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I sprinkled the doughnuts with powdered sugar and took a big bite. I have always been picky about doughnuts. I like Krispy Kremes because of how light and airy they are. I’ve never had a Dunkin Donut, *gasp*, so I can’t compare those but I thought maybe my homemade ones would be too thick and heavy.

To my surprise, they weren’t and I think I can thank the shortening for that!

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Happy Doughnut Day & TGIF!

Sweetly,

Simona